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The Resource The origins of religion in the Paleolithic, Gregory J. Wightman

The origins of religion in the Paleolithic, Gregory J. Wightman

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The origins of religion in the Paleolithic
Title
The origins of religion in the Paleolithic
Statement of responsibility
Gregory J. Wightman
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How did religion emerge{u2014}and why? What are the links between behavior, environment, and religiosity? Diving millions of years into the past, to a time when human ancestors began grappling with issues of safety, worth, identity, loss, power, and meaning in complex and difficult environments, Gregory J. Wightman explores the significance of goal-directed action and the rise of material culture for the advent of religiosity and ritual. The book opens by tackling questions of cognitive evolution and group psychology, and how these ideas can integrate with archaeological evidence such as stone tools, shell beads, and graves. In turn, it focuses on how human ancestors engaged with their environments, how those engagements became routine, and how, eventually, certain routines took on a recognizably ritualistic flavor. Wightman also critically examines the very real constraints on drawing inferences about prehistoric belief systems solely from limited material residues. Nevertheless, Wightman argues that symbolic objects are not merely illustrative of religion, but also constitutive of it; in the continual dance between brain and behavior, between internal and external environments, lie the seeds of ritual and religion. Weaving together insights from archaeology; anthropology; cognitive and cultural neuroscience; history and philosophy of religions; and evolutionary, social, and developmental psychology, Wightman provides an intricate, evidence-based understanding of religion{u2019}s earliest origins. --Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wightman, G. J
Dewey number
201/.42
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN799.R4
LC item number
W54 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Religion, Prehistoric
  • Prehistoric peoples
  • Material culture
  • Cognition and culture
  • Paleolithic period
  • Archaeology and religion
Label
The origins of religion in the Paleolithic, Gregory J. Wightman
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-277) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
892514361
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 293 pages
Isbn
9781442242890
Lccn
2014037273
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)892514361
Label
The origins of religion in the Paleolithic, Gregory J. Wightman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Control code
892514361
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 293 pages
Isbn
9781442242890
Lccn
2014037273
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)892514361

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